29th > October > 2013 Archive


Microsoft completes Hadoop U-Turn, trumpets HDInsight on Azure

Microsoft has spun up a Hadoop service on its Azure cloud, capping off a tumultuous few years in which Redmond first competed against the open-source technology, then came round to it.
Jack Clark, 29 Oct 2013

Samsung pops out app toolkits for TVs, mobes, tabs (But DON'T mention Android)

At Samsung's first-ever developer conference, which kicked off in San Francisco on Monday, the South Korean firm unveiled a handful of new software development kits (SDKs) aimed at convincing programmers to think of themselves as not merely Android coders, but developers for the emerging Samsung platform.
Neil McAllister, 29 Oct 2013

Cook: Apple 'so very, very proud to be a FORCE FOR GOOD'

According to CEO Tim Cook, Apple is more than the world's most highly valued company – with a market capitalization of $477.8bn as of Monday afternoon – it's also a "force for good," contributing to a wide variety of social endeavors.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Oct 2013

Ohh! The PRECIOUS! Give it to uss. We WANTS it: Shiny iThings coming in 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook has provided the clearest statements yet that in 2014 his company will launch products in tech categories it hasn't yet touched.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Oct 2013

Australian telco tests broadcasts within 4G network

Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, has set free a flurry of excitement by announcing trials of LTE-Broadcast in its network, in conjunction with Ericsson.

Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last

Review It can't be very helpful for a manufacturer to launch a new phone amid speculation that the device could be its last. With $1bn written off on its little-loved predecessor the Z10, and the future of BlackBerry so uncertain, the new Z30 has been given a very low-key launch.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Oct 2013

Big Content says Pirates of the Caribbean do their worst in Australia

A local market located “at the foothills of the Dandenongs, 25 km from Melbourne”, has been nominated as a major locus of DVD piracy by the MPAA.

Mozilla goes where Google fears to tread with geolocation service

A few years back Google got into fearful trouble by recording the location of WiFi transceivers without asking for their owners' permission. Lots of public outrage later, regulators pulled out their biggest and pointiest sticks and the Chocolate Factory destroyed the data.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2013

'Thousands of iPhone, iPad apps' vulnerable to simple redirect joyriders

RSA Europe 2013 An Israeli security firm will expose a flaw common to thousands of iPhone and iPad applications, which allows miscreants to hijack software using persistent man-in-the-middle attacks.
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2013
Barack Obama in the Oval Office

Syrian Electronic Army claims Obama social media hijacking

The Syrian Electronic Army has been up to its old tricks again, this time claiming to have infiltrated president Barack Obama’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts, and re-election web site.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Oct 2013
Huawei New World Coffee Shop

New Oz government keeps Huawei ban after spook briefing

The brief thawing of Australian government attitudes to Huawei has turned out to be a false springtime, with the nation's new Attorney-General George Brandis deciding that the decision to keep the Chinese giant out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) will remain.
NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson

NetSuite to feast on bones of failed SAP Business ByDesign

NetSuite is waiting, vulture-style, for SAP Business ByDesign to stop breathing so it can recover some meat from the bones, according the chief executive Zach Nelson.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2013
Google Self Driving Car

ROBOT PODS to INVADE Milton Keynes in frenzied automatic MAYHEM

Milton Keynes will play host to a fleet of smartphone-controlled driverless pods powered by electric motors and gunning around the town at 12mph.
Team Register, 29 Oct 2013

NTT Comms snaps up US cloud players in £540 MILLION swoop

Enterprise ICT business NTT Communications has taken a big step towards expanding its global cloud computing footprint with the $US525 million (£326m) acquisition of US provider Virtela and a $350m (£217m) swoop for 80 per cent of datacentre firm RagingWire.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Oct 2013
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DON'T BREW THAT CUPPA! Your kettle could be a SPAMBOT

Russian authorities have claimed that household appliances imported from China contain tiny computers that seek out open WiFi networks and then get to work sending spam and distributing malware.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2013

HP fires sue-ray at makers of Blu-Ray

HP is seeking damages from the optical drive industry, filing antitrust complaints against pretty much the whole of the supply side of the industry.
The Tardis seen against the curvature of the Earth

Toshiba brings out terabyte laptop drive (yes), miracle enterprise-grade TLC

The storage Tardis effect continues: Toshiba has crammed 1TB into a thin disk drive and signed a license to use DenseBits technology in its flash memory products.
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2013
New homepage of Gov.uk, credit screengrab gov.uk

GOV.UK swells organ donor signups by 10,000 a month

This month, GOV.UK is one-year-old. Operated by the Government Digital Service, GOV.UK replaced Direct.gov and a bunch of disparate departmental sites. Anyone who uses the site can testify that it is cleaner than its predecessors, although we have had complaints that some functionality has been lost in the transition.
Drew Cullen, 29 Oct 2013
Nasuni filer performance

All the big dogs want to bark on our cloudy porch, says Nasuni

Cloud storage gateway startup Nasuni has proliferated its gateway options to fit more storage gateway size requirements, large and small, as well as pumping out a software update.
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2013
Cinnamon 2 teaser

Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

Review The Cinnamon Desktop project recently released version 2, a major overhaul of the desktop environment that's best known as the default option for Linux Mint's flagship release.

Email-sniffing Linkedin Intro NOT security threat, insists biz network

LinkedIn, the social network for suits, has come out in defence of its LinkedIn Intro app after security researchers panned it for making users' emails vulnerable to hackers.
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2013

Sueballs lobbed at Tosh, Samsung and LG over 'optical disk cartel'

Now Acer is suing Toshiba, Samsung and others in a California court over optical disk product price fixing - just a day after HP sued Tosh, Samsung and LG over the same thing.
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2013
Higher Education and Further Education

Ex-Beeb online news guru joins Brit speech-analysis startups

Former BBC guru Matt Karas has left his post as CTO of private course provider FutureLearn to back two new British speech startups.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Oct 2013
Tim Berners-Lee, photo by Paul Clarke

Spread the gospel! Tim Berners-Lee's Open Data Institute goes global

The Open Data Institute, an organisation founded by web daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AI prof Sir Nigel Shadbolt, has announced it's setting up 13 "nodes" around the world.

Google tired of endless AGONY over alleged EU search biz abuse

Google is itching to wind things up with the European Commission over claims that the ad giant stifled the online search market within the European Union.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Oct 2013
Pure One Mi portable DAB radio

Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

On the 16th December, culture minister Ed Vaizey makes one of the least popular decisions anyone in the Ministry of Fun can make – implementing the unwanted digital radio switchover.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Oct 2013
Artist's impression of Xenoceratops

Dino-boffins discover 100-million-year-old BIRD TRACKS in Australia

Two thin-toed tracks made more than 100 million years ago are proof birds wandered prehistoric Australia, according to palaeoboffins.
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Now Seagate posts declining results. Can new tech lift it upwards?

Seagate announced disappointing quarterly results but its underlying trends are positive as it makes big bets on new technologies.
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2013

Google in PRODUCT RECALL for its Glass spy-goggles

Google is gently recalling the first iteration of its Glass product by offering to swap out the snooping head-mounted camera with a new version of the hardware.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Oct 2013
European Union Flag

Steelie Neelie bangs cloudy Euro heads together with EU-wide conduct code

The EU has assembled the clearest cloudy minds known to humanity - on this side of the Atlantic, anyway - to work on a code of conduct that gives small biz customers more comfort in signing up to fluffy white tech services.
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2013
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Anonymity is the enemy of privacy, says RSA grand fromage

RSA Europe 2013 A dogmatic allegiance to anonymity is threatening privacy, according to Art Coviello, executive chairman of RSA.
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2013
Lego Pirate Captain

Blighty's telcos set to CHOKE off another fistful of piracy gateways

More websites serving as gateways for Brits seeking pirated content online are set to be blocked by the country's biggest ISPs.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Oct 2013
Project Ara - swappable hardware mobile

Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

Google-owned Motorola Mobility hopes to shake up the smartphone world with its freshly announced Project Ara: an open platform for modular snap-together handsets.
Simpana 10 Content Store

CommVault boosts profits by 25%, bucks storage slump trend

Data backup and archive software supplier CommVault has delivered a object lesson in how to run a business, filing Wall Street-beating revenues and profits for its latest quarter.
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2013
Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung is officially the WORLD'S BIGGEST smartphone maker

Samsung outsold every other smartphone maker combined during the third quarter of 2013, according to IDC.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Oct 2013

Juniper unrolls MetaFabric, new switch

Juniper Networks has rolled out a fabric architecture and switch, along with other swag. To get a handle on it all, Vulture South spent some time talking with Dhritiman Dasgupta, Juniper's director of platform solutions, to get a handle on key aspects of the release.
William Lowe. Credit: Marcin Wichary

RIP Bill Lowe: Father of the IBM PC no longer reading drive C

Obit William (Bill) C. Lowe, the IBM manager who broke through Big Blue's corporate structure to build its first personal computer (and inadvertently made Microsoft the industry's powerhouse) has died at the age of 72 after a heart attack.
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2013

Nokia emerges smothered in red ink, manages to flog cheapo Windows Phones

Nokia bagged record sales of Windows Phones sales in the third quarter of 2013, thanks largely to its low-end models: 8.8m Lumia handsets were shifted, up from 7.7m in Q2.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Oct 2013
The IDF armoured version of the Caterpillar D9 bulldozer

Construction industry outlook is bad news for Turnbull's alt.NBN plan

When Senator Stephen Conroy, Australia's former Communications Minister and the man who drove the early years of the nation's National Broadband Network (NBN) build, recently admitted that the rollout targets he signed off for the network's construction were too ambitious it was taken as further evidence his failings.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2013
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Psst, hey... Facebook, wanna buy BlackBerry? Aw well, it was worth a try

Bosses from ailing smartphone-maker BlackBerry have been in talks with FACEBOOK about a possible buyout, industry insiders claim.
Neil McAllister, 29 Oct 2013
HTC stops a bullet

Hero HTC phone takes a BULLET, saves shop worker's life mid-robbery

Pics A Florida convenience store clerk has had a lucky escape after a robber shot him in the chest, only to have the bullet stopped by a smartphone in his pocket.
Iain Thomson, 29 Oct 2013
Planetoid crashes into primordial Earth

Salesforce's data-center design: 'Go for web scale, and build it out of s**t!'

RICON West 2013 If you're building systems to run at a large scale, then rather than waste time and money trying to avoid any failure, you need to suck it up and accept that faults will happen – and make sure you've got enough cheap gear to recover.
Jack Clark, 29 Oct 2013
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Insight inserts Microsoft vet Ebermann into top EMEA slot

Insight Enterprises is set to fill the void left by former EMEA president Stuart Fenton with Microsoft veteran Wolfgang Ebermann.
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2013

Dell goes private: Stock ceases trading, now Big Mike's baby once again

It's official: Dell is now a private company. Founder Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners have completed their acquisition of the firm in a deal valued at around $24.9bn.
Neil McAllister, 29 Oct 2013